Cuttyhunk

With Tioga back in the US this summer, we got the next Labor Day trip to Cuttyhunk organized. This great little island with less than 50 year-round residents lies between Padanaram and Martha’s Vineyard and marks the entrance to Buzzard’s Bay. It is about a 15 hour sail from Nahant and usually involves motoring through the Cape Code Canal.

The crew of A Family Affair (Ulf, Rosmarie and Jasper) met up with Tioga and crew (Philip, Corinna, Nick, Lauren, Mia and Thea) outside of New Bedford, while Lois (Henry, Jen and Blue) motored via Martha’s Vineyard to Cuttyhunk. Josh and Ellen sailed from Nahant via Provincetown and Bob sailed Boomerang with Samy directly from Nantucket to Cuttyhunk.

By the middle of the day, we had sufficient moorings secured to make it through the weekend. Unfortunately, the crew of Saoirse (Dan, Candace, Peter, Linda and Ellen) had engine trouble and could not make it through the Cape Cod Canal.

Anyways, a lot of fun was had by all and we will do it again next Labor Day weekend.

 

 

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J-Class Worlds

We’ve had a very good year watching remarkable yachts race (Antigua Classic week, America’s Cup and J-Class regatta in Bermuda, Marblehead – Halifax Race…) and when the J-Class Worlds were hosted by the New York Yacht Club in Newport, RI, we knew we had to be there.

The winds were light and the races very close. We listened to the commentators on channel 85 and were impressed by how close these very large sailboats got together at the start. In the end, Lionheart (from Holland) won the World Championship with Hanuman (Newport-based with local, Ken Read, at the helm) in second place and Ranger in third.
The other boats on the line were Topaz, Svea and Velsheda. A good summary after the final day be found here.

Equally impressive was the fleet of spectator boats surrounding the event and the helicopters in the air.

Thanks to Dan and Bob for making it down to Newport for this event.

 

First YouTube videos about this event:

A few more photos can be found here.

NYC by sea

With our friends, Hilla and Stefan, moving back to Europe this fall, we recently decided that is was time to sail to New York City and experience the Big Apple in a different way.

Sailing into New York Harbor under the Verazano Bridge was already impressive but easily topped by sailing up close to the Statue of Liberty and then along the amazing skyline up the Hudson River to the marina at 79th street.

We had carefully planned our departure the next day to not only get pushed down the Hudson with the outgoing tide but to also get washed around Battery Park up the East River.
Of course, things turned out a little differently when we untied Tioga off the dock just to learn that we were stuck in the mud at low tide…
Anyways, leaving a good hour later did not really slow us down and we enjoyed another fantastic sail along Manhattan and under numerous beautiful bridges.
While moving at 11 knots through Hell Gate was a lot of fun, the most memorable event might have been when border patrol aimed their machine gun at us, requesting that we leave enough space for the departing Staten Island ferry.

Below are a couple of impressions of that trip:

Marblehead to Halifax Race

This Sunday the offshore Race to Halifax (in Nova Scotia, Canada) started in Marblehead, MA. We got a group of friends together and sailed to see the start.
Wind and weather were perfect and we enjoyed watching the long line of boats (app 80) under spinnaker slowly disappear behind the horizon.
A short swim for the boys, a nice lunch, a seal and a whale rounded off another perfect day on the ocean.

We want more of those!

 

A long weekend in P-town

We took advantage of the long Independence Day weekend and sailed from Nahant to Cohasset (where we anchored and barely got the cockpit cover up in time to stay dry during the Thunderstorm and to get the grill going) and then on to Provincetown the next morning (on the Northern tip of Cape Cod); all’n all roughly 50nm.

The weather turned out to be much better than forecast (as always in P-town), we found a good anchor spot close enough to shore (to avoid the by now horrendously expensive moorings that resulted from a new company investing heavily into big boat slips) and had a great time in the fabulous town.
We met Linda’s brother Bill and partner John, had cocktails in numerous bars, strolled up and down Commercial street, rented bikes to enjoy the amazing bike paths through the dune to Race Point & Herring Cove and enjoyed good dinner conversations with the crew from Lois (ie Henry, Jen and Blue).
The piano player in the Crown & Anchor did not disappoint, the A-House pushed our nightclub experiences to new levels and a long stroll along the beach brought peace of mind.
The initially single floating house in the bay (actually designed in Austria by our friend Kilian) has by now grown into a small collection of floating structures. Most of them are moored across the bay in the cove where we also counted roughly 50 seals (and no great white sharks (yet)).

The sail home was pleasant and a little calm. We only saw one whale, but better than nothing.

Can’t wait to go again.

Btw – except for the captain – we had an all female crew and it was great to see how much they had learned during the previous Atlantic sails – it can be done, girls!